Industrial Refrigeration Operator Certification
Cooling off refrigeration loads
Industrial refrigeration comprises nearly nine percent of the Northwest’s regional industrial load. Energy management and efficiency are playing an increasingly important role in industrial refrigeration, offering these facilities energy savings, financial savings and a stronger bottom line.
NEEA has collaborated with the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) to develop an energy efficiency certification for industrial refrigeration professionals, including engineers, managers, operators, technicians, contractors and service providers. Refrigeration professionals who become Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialists (CRES) have the skills and capabilities to optimize the energy efficiency of their plants. CRES professionals have a competitive edge, and can contribute to the bottom line in their plants while maintaining production, product quality and safety.
CRES will be an ANSI-accredited certification, requiring passing a comprehensive examination and completing and documenting five energy management activities.
Typical cost reductions range from about 3 to 10 percent refrigeration electricity use after a year or more of consistent effort by a CRES-certified operator. Continued improvement is expected since, in addition to continuing education, refrigeration professionals must complete additional energy management activities every three years to maintain their certification.
The collaborative efforts between NEEA, NEEA’s utility partners, and RETA to bring the CRES certification to the market will allow facilities to save energy and lower costs across the Northwest.